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Winter Sleep

The running time of his new picture Winter Sleep, three hours and change, suggests weight, but at it happens, this movie struck me as both…

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Mr. Turner

Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 21 October 1772 - 25 July 1834 coleridge1_2.jpgTom O'Bedlam reminds me that it was Coleridge who coined the phrase "the willing suspension of disbelief." What follows is a 1977 experimental film by Larry Jordan, using animated engravings of Gustave Dore with Orson Welles reading the Coleridge poem. Then there is Tom O'Bedlam reading "Kubla Khan," and a charming video for an English class about the life of Coleridge. I end with a tribute to Welles. He and Coleridge would have enjoyed one another. gravestonelge.jpg

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